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Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 281, Issue 5, pp 839–843 | Cite as

Polycystic ovaries: review of medical information on the internet for patients

  • Channamallikarjuna Swamy Mallappa SarojaEmail author
  • Sapna Hanji Chandrashekar
General Gynecology

Abstract

Background

Often, internet can bring a sense of anxiety rather than information and understanding to the patient. Our aim was to assess the quality of information available for patients on the management of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) on the internet.

Materials and methods

Five search engines were searched using phrases ‘PCOS and ‘patient information’. Various parameters of quality that were assessed were source, currency and editorial review process (for credibility) and hierarchy and accuracy of evidence (for content of the websites).

Results

Fifteen relevant websites were located, none of which complied with all the criteria for quality. Complete information on PCOS was not provided by any of the website to women according to the quality criteria.

Conclusions

With 1,000 of websites launched everyday, it is difficult for patients to determine which website is trustworthy and valid. Patients need to be watchful about quality of the information on medical conditions in the internet.

Keywords

Internet Patient information Polycystic ovaries Websites 

Notes

Conflict of interest statement

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Channamallikarjuna Swamy Mallappa Saroja
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sapna Hanji Chandrashekar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nevill Hall HospitalGwent Healthcare NHS TrustAbergavenny, GwentSouth Wales, UK
  2. 2.Royal Shrewsbury HospitalThe Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS TrustShrewsburyUK

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